Breakfast Included by L. A. Chase is another of the Snowed Inn holiday collection that shares a special weekend at a mountain resort called The Retreat and a avalanche as the dramatic event to launch 7 romances.
I enjoy seeing characters from the other stories gliding through each other’s romances, even if it’s just a mention.
Chase’s book has an unexpected reunion between friends who haven’t seen each other for 12 years. That’s when a passionate kiss , then a ghosting caused immense hurt when they were teenagers.
Now at a gay speed dating event held at The Retreat, composer Reno Pierce sees ex crush/friend Tate Boylan sitting across the table.
Like all the stories, it’s the avalanche that starts a conversation, reconciliation, and renews a shared passion for each other.
I enjoyed both characters. Oddly, I didn’t get as much depth from Tate Boylan as I did from the younger Reno Pierce as the one who was kissed and left. Reno’s still hurt by that years later, unable to move past it. Tate’s personality feels a bit less complicated but that could be contributed to the fact we have more “Reno” page time and history.
The dramatic element introduced near the end and Reno’s reaction felt less believable. As did Ricky, older brother to Reno’s, somewhat over the top response and immediate turnaround to the couple and events. Came off as contrived.
I enjoyed the story. It was sweet and romantic without leaving a long impression.
What’s worse than being stranded at a mountain resort by an avalanche three days before Christmas? Being trapped with your teenage crush—who kissed you and ran away.
Reno Pierce spends all his time creating music in his studio, quite happily alone, but at the insistence of his rom-com-loving dad, he finds himself at a Colorado mountain resort speed dating event. His dad wants Reno to bring his ‘Mr. Right’ home for Christmas, but what he finds instead is his teenage crush. Twelve years ago, he’d been head-over-heels in love with his older brother’s best friend, Tate. His straight best friend. But everything changed one magical night, when Tate kissed him like his life depended on it—and then ran away.
Six months after a bad breakup, Tate Boylan is still feeling the damage done to his confidence. Thanks to his hopeless romantic sister, who booked him a quaint cabin at a mountain resort and insisted he ‘boost his morale’ with a night of speed dating at The Retreat, he’s feeling much better. Until he sits at a table across from his best friend’s younger brother. The one he’d fallen for as a teen, kissed at a party, and never saw again.
Now that an avalanche has cut the hotel off from the rest of the world, Tate might have a chance to prove to Reno that this time he won’t kiss and run.
All the books in the Snowed Inn collection are standalone stories and can be read in any order.
Snowed Inn story Collection:
All the books can be read as standalones and in any order and all are available to buy or pre-order
• RJ Scott – Stop the Wedding – https://books2read.com/StopTheWedding
• H.L Day – Five Night Stand – https://books2read.com/FiveNightStandHL
• V.L. Locey – Checking it Twice – https://books2read.com/CheckingItTwiceVL
• LC Chase – Breakfast Included – https://books2read.com/BreakfastIncludedLCC
• Xenia Melzer – The Real Kaimana – https://books2read.com/RealKaimanaXM
• Meredith Russell – Stuck With You- https://books2read.com/StuckWithYouMR
• Eli Easton – A Changeling Christmas – https://books2read.com/ChangelingChristmasE